So, during our recent snowstorm, without power for six days, I needed something to DO.
The days were bright and sunny, which made things much easier to bear (until the sun set, that is). On most of our powerless days we got the kids dressed and outside to play as much as possible.
I couldn't work, couldn't write, couldn't chat or tweet or blog. Couldn't watch television or call my sisters.
We read, played outside, and I did a LOT of woodcuts.
I studied printmaking in college but haven't had time to devote to it since about 2003, when we moved to the Netherlands and I started my PhD.
As a testament to this, my husband Mike bought me printmaking supplies for my birthday in May of 2010, and I hadn't even touched them until the snowstorm.
So, I wanted to share some of the images here. These are all insects mentioned in my books about a mystery-solving bug-collecting 13 year old girl.
These first three are scans of the prints (that's the actual size), which are small enough to fit on the bed of our scanner. I hand-printed them, and you can see they are not consistent-- the blacks aren't getting dark enough. I've been researching printing at home on the internet, and I think the next run will be a lot better.
These last three are photos from my phone, so they're not great quality, but you can see the images. these prints are too large to fit on the scanner bed. The ant and mantis are about 8x12 and the dragonfly is about 12 x 14
The Velvet Ant-- she's kind of the star of my first book
The one I think came out the best/the one I spent the most time on, cutting out every tiny cell in the wings: The dragonfly
So, what do you think?
Do you hate bugs? (I know lots of people do- it won't hurt my feelings, I swear)
Do these prints give you the willies?
I think the strongest images are the katydid and the dragonfly (which not coincidentally took the most time. Maybe I like them because I literally poured blood, sweat, and tears into them?)
I would say the wasp and the beetle are my least favorite.